After a long, extremely wet spring, there will be a lot of mosquitoes! Mosquitoes lay their eggs in standing water, and they aren't picky. Lakes, tin cans, old tires, anything that holds water is an invitation. Before you reach for the bug spray, try lining your patio with a few mosquito-repelling plants!
Citronella is the most popular, but it can be hard to find in Colorado. It's a strongly aromatic grass that masks other scents.
Lemon Balm has a fresh, strong lemon-like aroma. It is a member of the mint family, so plant in containers if you don't want it to spread! It's hardy and grows well in full sun or part shade.
A 2001 Iowa State University study
concluded that catnip may be 10 times more effective as DEET for repelling mosquitoes, and it's safe!
Many insects dislike peppermint, and it's commonly found in organic pest control sprays. It's another mint relative and can spread